What is the placenta?
The placenta is an amazing organ that a woman’s body creates to nurture a child. During the second trimester of pregnancy the placenta begins to take over making hormones from the the hypothalamus. After birthing a baby the woman’s body (hypothalamus) can take a few weeks to a few months to start making hormones again. Also, following birth a woman suffers a severe loss of iron, about 1/8 to 1/10 of her body’s supply with a normal vaginal delivery. This loss can lead to cells not being able to absorb oxygen adequately, a fatigued and faint mother, and therefore a slow healing postpartum. This exhaustion can also lead to postpartum depression and/or the baby blues. A shocking estimation of 80% of women are reported to suffer from PPD.
Read more about the amazing placenta: Placenta for healing.
Benefits to consuming your placenta postpartum (placenta encapsulation):
- The placenta is considered rich in iron and protein, which is beneficial to women recovering from childbirth and decreases the likelihood of iron deficiency.
- The capsules I use are well sourced vegetarian sized ’00’ and are clean, safe, easy to digest, swallow and stomach!
- Placenta Encapsulation is the optimum choice for ingestion and preservation.
- Increase general energy and fight fatigue.
- Increase production of breast milk.
- Decrease the likelihood of baby blues and Postpartum Depression.
- Lessen postpartum bleeding and hasten the return of the uterus to pre-pregnancy state.
- Allow a quicker return to health after birth.
What’s in your placenta:
- Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
- Prolactin: promotes lactation
- Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
- Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
- Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
- Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
- Oxytocin: for pain relief and bonding of mother and infant
- Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
- Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
- Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections